Angelique Kerber

Nadal, Pliskova advance at Cincinnati on day of upsets

Rafael Nadal and Karolina Pliskova — the No. 1 seeds in the Western & Southern Open — advanced with straight-set wins Wednesday, while the rest of their brackets suffered more top losses.

Nadal sat out an hour-long rain delay and beat Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-4 on Wednesday night, finishing it off with two of his eight aces.

Pliskova needed only 67 minutes to get a 6-2, 6-3 win over Natalia Vikhlyantseva, a solid showing as the defending champion. She'd never faced the Russian and wasn't sure what to expect.

"Obviously, I didn't know my opponent, so I don't think it was the best match," she said. "But as always, first rounds are not the...